Minister to Your Dry Skin

Do you have dry skin this winter? I do. Especially on my dish-washing, play-doh-making, snowball-throwing hands.

Things turned grim when my dry skin cracked, small canyons split open, and pain radiated through my fingertips.

Until, of course, I received a small tin in the mail with the opportunity to do a review and a give-away at Raising Homemakers.

Then everything changed!

Click over to Raising Homemakers to read the story and win some miracle-working hard lotion from MadeOn.

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Congratulations, Asha Marie!

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We live in a community of people with light pink skin.

At the grocery store, at the library, and in the fields, folks around here wear jeans and sneakers.

They usually go to school until they’re 18 and then get a bill-paying job or go to college.

‘Friendly folks; creative; loving. Hunting, farming, casserole-making folks.

God has chosen for us to be in this community and we’ll relish our friendships here.

But, this is just a little sliver of the great wide world that He loves, and that we want to love, too.

We won’t be traveling around the world this year; in fact, Williamsburg, VA is about the farthest we’ll trek in 2011.

So, how will we keep the many people around the world in our hearts and prayers? How will we give them a voice in our budget and our ministry?

Well, for starters: books!

These past few weeks, the girls have been enthralled by two gorgeous books from New Leaf Press.

Passport to the World: Your A to Z Guided Language Tour

With a heart to reach every language group with the good news about Jesus Christ, Passport includes bright photos, interesting facts, and some common words for each language group. For instance, one of our favorite countries is India. The girls can learn to say “Hello” as “Namaskar” and “Thank you” as “Dhanyabahd” (dun ya bawd).   Of course, the girls also love the realistic passport and stickers for each country!

The Children’s Illustrated Bible

I asked Vivienne what she thinks about this book. Without blinking an eye, she said, “LOVE IT.”

The photos and stories are brilliant. She couldn’t peel herself away from the story about Lot’s wife turning into a pillar of salt. A photo in the margin shows the salt pillars in the Dead Sea, so that a little girl living across the Atlantic Ocean could understand what this might have really looked like. “I can hardly believe that this really happened to her!” Vivienne gasped.   The book covers Bible stories from Genesis to Revelation, including amazing photos and illustrations that really broaden our understanding of Bible times and Eastern cultures.

Both of these books would be stunning and meaningful Christmas gifts. New Leaf Press is offering both of these gorgeous hardback books in a Christmas Promotion for $32.97!

Wanna know some even better news??

They are also giving this package away to one of YOU!

I would love for you to win this package from New Leaf Press.

Share the news about this give-away!

And visit NLP at their many social media spots:

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Leave a comment for each entry you’ve earned!

This contest ends on Friday, December 10, at 6 a.m.

Ooo, and be sure to come back to 10 Million Miles this week; I’ll be sharing our ideas for opening a child’s heart to the world God loves. (And I want to know yours!)

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Congratulations, Shelley C for winning the Secret Keeper Girl bundle! Please email laura(at) with your snail mail, and I’ll get those books to you as soon as possible.

I’m so glad that many of you enjoyed the Secret Keeper Girl website. I hope you keep going back for encouragement!

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Mother-Daughter Giveaway!

Here’s what I think: when God clutches his creations to his heart, surely he makes special room for the mother and daughter.  This must be one of his choicest treasures on earth, for He knows the joys and sorrows, the giving and receiving, as well as the vulnerability and boundaries that must mingle in order for fruitfulness to extend to yet another generation.

Today, my heart over-flows with encouragement for you, dear mothers.

“Keep going! Keep loving! Keep forgiving! Keep enjoying!”

That is my heart behind today’s give-away:

A Mother-Daughter Bundle from Dannah Gresh of Secret Keeper Girl!

Dannah is a friend of mine, whose ministry and message has traveled all over the world to encourage people – young and old alike – to pursue God, and to love purity. I traveled with her speaking team, and experienced the power of this message first-hand. I offered this give-away to her freely because I believe in her message.

If you’ve attended a Secret Keeper Girl Show or heard Dannah Gresh on the radio, you know you’re in for some down-to-earth encouragement and fun!

Maybe you’ve heard the buzz about her new and best-selling Six Ways to Keep the Little in Your Girl, and have thought, “I should really get a copy of that.”

Or maybe, her newest release The One Year Mother Daughter Devo has caught your eye, and you’ve day-dreamed about what might come of a sweet devotional time with your 8 – 12 year old.

Maybe you’re aching for ways to connect with your not-so-little-anymore daughter, and could really use some inspiration from the likes of 8 Great Dates for Moms and Daughters: How to Talk about True Beauty, Cool Fashion… and Modesty!

This week, Dannah wants to encourage one of you by giving away: All 3 of these best-selling resources!

What a brilliant bundle of encouragement!

To get started, head on over to the Secret Keeper Girl website.

After you’ve checked it out, pull your sweet daughter onto your lap (even if she’s getting bigger than you!) and browse through the games, modesty tips, videos, and more!

Leave one comment about the fun you had! And four extra comments as a bonus!

Otherwise, get the word out about the give-away and leave a comment for each entry you earned.

This contest ends Friday, November 26 at 6 a.m.

(Psst! Secret Keeper Girl is a ministry of Pure Freedom, which is funded through a very small group of faithful donors. If you’ve benefited from Pure Freedom’s ministry in any way, consider sending them an awesome year-end gift or becoming one of their beloved monthly donors! Follow those links to read Dannah’s recent letter about young couples who chose pure abstinence to and through marriage. Spread the good word!)

Please join me this week, as I explore three beautiful aspects of motherhood.

Subscribe to 10 Million Miles and follow along…

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THE WINNER IS… has spoken!

The winner of the $50 Gift Certificate to The Vintage Pearl is Caroline of The Modest Mom!


Thank you to everyone who participated… I liked it so much, I think I’ll do it again sometime.

So, stay tuned.

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Gorgeous Giveaway!


Welcome to my first official give-away!

Bring your friends over in droves! This deserves a *celebration*!

And you’ll just love this one…


Not only does The Vintage Pearl make exquisite hand-stamped jewelry and keepsakes, but she also sponsored my ticket to The Relevant Conference, which was a keepsake of its own.

(Thank you, TVP, from the bottom of my heart!)

Now, I don’t want to sway your opinion or anything, but I’ve gotta show you my all-time favorite piece.

Isn’t this a beauty?

Sigh. Now, if that doesn’t wrap up a good two-week Marriage Series, I don’t know what does.

Here’s what you can do to win the $50 Gift Certificate. Leave one comment for each thing you do!

* Visit The Vintage Pearl and tell me which piece caught your eye!

* Share this give-away on Facebook!

* Tweet this post!

* Blog about it.

* Subscribe to

* Buy something from The Vintage Pearl!

Meet up with her: or @thevintagepearl.

Now, get to work, my friends!

You have until Friday, November 12th at 6 a.m.!

I’ll announce the winner on Friday morning.

Subscribe, so you’ll be in-the-know right away!

OR… follow me ! (I’m a brand new tweeter!)

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